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This Week’s Inspired Insight

February 18th, 2018

The most interesting journey a person can make is that of discovering himself.  -Earl Nightingale

“Finding the real selves we usually keep buried is like prospecting for gold,” explained Earl Nightingale in Our Changing World, Nightingale’s five-minute daily radio commentary program.  “It is not necessarily easy, but we don’t mind the digging so much when we know the gold is really there.”  Earl Nightingale was a pioneer in the personal growth industry.  His wisdom expressed in Our Changing World was summarized in the book, This Is Earl Nightingale, first published in 1966.

This week, I encourage you to keep digging for the gold in your own “most interesting journey.”

Enjoy a happy and productive week!

Stephanie

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This Week’s Inspired Insight

February 11th, 2018

Grit is about working on something that you care about so much that you’re willing to stay loyal to it. -Angela Duckworth

“It’s doing what you love but not just falling in love – staying in love,” writes Angela Duckworth in Grit – The Power of Passion and Perseverance.  “(T)here are no shortcuts to excellence,” she continues.  “Developing real expertise, figuring out really hard problems, it all takes time – longer than most people imagine…”

This week, I invite you to consider your capacity for grit.  And are you staying loyal to the things you care about?

Enjoy a happy and productive week!

Stephanie

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This Week’s Inspired Insight

February 5th, 2018

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This is a wonderful day.  I have never seen this one before.  -Maya Angelou

Every day when you awaken, remind yourself that a brand new day lies ahead of you.  As Maya Angelou writes, you have “never seen this one before.”  Approach today with a sense of awe and choose to make it a “wonderful day.”  You will never get this day again.  Maya Angelou was a poet, author, dancer, singer, activist, screenwriter and professor.  Her capacity to see wonder in each day is especially meaningful because she overcame hardship and adversity early in life.

What attitude will you project today?  How will you spend your time?  Today has never happened before and it will never happen again.  You have the power to shape it into a “wonderful day.”

This week, I invite you to approach each day with the awe of having “never seen this one before” and notice what happens.

Enjoy a happy and productive week!

Stephanie

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This Week’s Inspired Insight

January 14th, 2018

Every single qualification for success is acquired through habit. -Alfred E.N. Gray

“People form habits and habits form futures,”  explained Alfred E.N. Gray, an executive in the insurance industry.  “If you do not deliberately form good habits, then unconsciously you will form bad ones.”  Alfred E.N. Gray is credited with delivering his speech, The Common Denominator of Success, in the 1940’s in Philadelphia.

“You are the kind of person you are because you have formed the habit of being that kind of person, and the only way you can change is through changing habits,”  he continued.

This week, I encourage you to look closely at your habits.  And are there any you want to change?

Enjoy a happy and productive week!

Stephanie

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This Week’s Inspired Insight

January 7th, 2018

Change the cause, and you change the effect.  It is just that simple.  -Joseph Murphy

“To remove discord, confusion, lack, and limitation from your life, you must remove the cause,” explained Joseph Murphy in his book, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind.  “That cause is the way you use your conscious mind, the thoughts and images you encourage in it.”  Joseph Murphy started his career as a pharmacist before earning a degree in psychology.  His books have sold millions of copies.  The Power of Your Subconscious Mind was first published in 1963.

This week, I encourage you to look closely at the cause of your results:  “the thoughts and images you encourage” in your mind.  And what do you need to change?

Enjoy a  happy and productive week!

Stephanie

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This Week’s Inspired Insight

January 1st, 2018

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Shoot for the moon.  Because even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.  -Les Brown

“In order to do something you’ve never done before, you’ve got to become someone you’ve never been.  I think that all of us have great potential within us, but greatness is a choice;  it’s not our destiny,” explains Les Brown in an article by R. Todd Eliason for SUCCESS Magazine. “And in the pursuit of our dreams we are introduced to trials, failures and disappointments, which take us to the door of discovery and greatness.”

Les Brown is a motivational speaker and author or Live Your Dreams.

This week, I encourage you to choose greatness and “shoot for the moon” in 2018!

Happy New Year!

Stephanie

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This Week’s Inspired Insight

December 29th, 2017

To begin with the end in mind means to start with a clear understanding of your destination.  -Stephen R. Covey

“It means to know where you’re going so that you better understand where you are now and so that the steps you take are always in the right direction,” explains Stephen R. Covey, author of the best-selling The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People and other books.  “How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and, keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most.”

This week, I encourage you to consider your “destination.” And are you managing yourself “to be and to do what really matters most?”

Enjoy a happy and productive week!

Stephanie

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This Week’s Inspired Insight

December 11th, 2017

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Good is the enemy of great. -Jim Collins

“The truth be told, in this great society of abundance that is the modern world, most people will wake up at the end of their lives and need to look back and accept the horrifying truth that they did not have a great life because it is oh so easy to settle for a good life,”  explains Jim Collins, author of the best-selling book, Good to Great.

“Good is the mortal enemy of great,” he continues.

This week, I encourage you not to settle for a good life and, instead, reach for a great life!

Enjoy a happy and productive week!

Stephanie

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This Week’s Inspired Insight

December 3rd, 2017

The best argument you can make is no argument at all. -Neale Donald Walsch

“Do not argue with life, or with anyone in life,” explains Neale Donald Walsch.  “Life presents itself perfectly in every moment, and every person believes his or her point of view to be valid and ‘right.'”  Neale Donald Walsch wrote the international best-selling Conversations with God series and other books.

“Arguing with any of this is pointless, and a terrific waste of energy.   Simply create what you choose next,” continues Walsch.

This week, I encourage you to consider your arguments.  And is it time to let them go and, instead, create what you choose next?

Enjoy a happy and productive week!

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This Week’s Inspired Insight

November 19th, 2017

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You are today where your thoughts have brought you;  you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.  -James Allen

“A particular train of thought persisted in, be it good or bad, cannot fail to produce its results on the character and circumstances,”  wrote James Allen in As A Man Thinketh.  “A man cannot directly chose his circumstances, but he can surely choose his thoughts, and so indirectly, yet surely, shape his circumstances.”  James Allen’s As A Man Thinketh has inspired millions to recognize the power of thought.

This week, I encourage you to consider where you thoughts have brought you and where your thoughts are taking you.

Enjoy a happy and productive week!

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